New Solutions to Drug and Alcohol Prevention in Adolescents
The United States is in the midst of an unprecedented drug addiction crisis. In response to this crisis, the Surgeon General of the United States released the first-ever Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, which declared drug and alcohol addiction a public health crisis in the country. Similarly, Virginia's State Health Commissioner declared the opioid addiction crisis a public health emergency in Virginia.
To address this crisis, VCU's Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies and the Beacon Tree Foundation are organizing a public seminar to review recent advances in neuroscience that identify novel behavioral targets for substance abuse interventions and new evidence-based solutions to alcohol and drug prevention among adolescents. The seminar will feature the Preventure intervention, a brief personalized school-based coping skills intervention, associated with 30%-80% reductions in alcohol and drug use in adolescents at two year follow-up.
The seminar is open to educators, teachers, principals, school counselors, mental health professionals, policy-makers, researchers, foundations, task forces, and all interested members of the community. The goal of the meeting is to galvanize the public, health care providers, and policymakers to take advantage of advances in science, in order to most effectively address the consequences associated with alcohol and drug misuse.
INTRODUCTION - OPENING REMARKS
Anne Moss Rogers – President, Beacon Tree Foundation
Linda Hancock, Director, The Wellness Center, VCU
We Can Do Better for Our Youth
Jasmin Vassileva, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies, VCU
Impulsivity: Novel behavioral target for treatment and prevention
Patricia Conrod, Professor,Department of Psychiatry, University of Montreal, Canada
Preventure: A drug and alcohol prevention program targeting four personality traits associated with risk for substance misuse in adolescents
CONCLUSION – CLOSING REMARKS
Brittany Anderson, Director of Legislative and Constituent Affairs, Office of the Attorney General, Richmond VA